Friday, April 21, 2017

From now on...

I refer you to the book "The Mythic Imagination: The Quest for Meaning Through Personal Mythology by Stephen Larsen Ph.D.

It does not sound occult, and at first may seem like *just* psychology. It isn't. It will be your new Bible, your new IIH. Get it, read it, live it. It is what magick, myth and rleigion should be in the future.

That and do the Headless Ritual.

That is all.


  1. Thanks for the book recommendation - I will definitely pick up a copy! Does this mean that you will no longer be responding to questions or updating your blog?

    If I've misunderstood, I would be grateful for some input on a Step 3 Elemental Pore Breathing exercises from Bardon's IIH. Specifically I would be interested to know if there is an objective or unmistakable sign that contact with the actual element has been established that differentiates it from my creative imagination of the element's effects?

    I can generally produce a sensation of heat, but there are days when this effect is weak and it is not always guaranteed to happen, and the heat will rarely increase above a certain level regardless of additional inhalations. At what point can it be determined that I am working directly with the actual element and not just creating the sensations imaginatively?

    Many thanks for your help,

    1. I pop in here now and then.
      The sign of contact with an element is when you feel, or imaginatively experience the element. You know that feeling when you are in a dark room, alone and you just FEEL something is there and know it in your gut. Do that with the elements. The pentagram rituals are great for having a daily positive elemental connection and something for your imagination to work with. You could develop your own of course if you want to be strictly Bardonian. Realize it is not so much the breath that draws it in, it is the imagination. The breath is like a kind of ritual or tool to aid your mind in drawing the energy in.

      It is imagination, all of it! The imagination is THE tool that causes the energy to work on command. That is what IIH is all about, developing the imagination!!! It is your divine power along with the will. When those two combine you have it. That is why any magick system will work as long as it trains the imagination and the will. The rest are "totems" or symbols or rituals you use as place holders of meaning for easier work.

  2. Many thanks again for the helpful response. I think I am slowly getting that the imagination gradually becomes something real

    I have one more query about the elemental pore breathing. Bardon only mentions pore breathing the physical qualities of the elements (e.g., heat and expansiveness for fire). Presumably the other qualities of the element (e.g., will, power, detrmination, motivation, etc) begin to manifest with continued focus on the physical qualities. Is this correct, or should one be pore breathing the mental and astral qualities of the element at the same time one creates the physical sensations?


    1. Recall how in IIH he gives the theory section and request that the initiate learn the theory by heart so to speak? What that does is build the thoughtform which will be used later on. So to give an example, let us imagine I show you a symbol and I tell you this symbol means "x" and I ask you to think upon and meditate on symbol=x until the point anytime you see symbol you inherently know it means "X" and all subjects related to "X" will begin to manifest in your thinking because of the experience of the symbol. What you have done is created a thoughtform of strong complexity and power, a "mini-ritual" of sorts. You have programmed the imagination with "Hey, anytime we see this symbol I want you to conjure up these ideas and forces for me and have them ready to work." So then your conscious mind no longer has to do the hard work of generating the ideas, it simply looks at the image and the soul/unconscious/imagination goes into motion. That way when the will force "impregnates" the symbol it then has power and force to "give birth" to the intention or desire of the ritual. In this case you are breathing a certain element within yourself and based on the symbols of the senses you have programmed the unconscious/soul/imagination goes to work in manifesting all related qualities of that element within you.

      Obviously when you are first starting you are loading these associations and they are not as profound and potent as they could be. The power of the will and the imagination causes them to manifest on the proper level of density. If you only have the "idea" of the qualities and can only manifest a very ethereal quantity of the element than only the spirit level will be effected. Once your powers of imagination and will have developed to the point where you can *feel* the element as you could feel an emotion (as profoundly as a broken heart or butterflies in your stomach for example) that is the astral level, a little more will and imagination and the physical change will occur.

  3. It all makes perfect sense now, including why you suggested the book.

    The issue I think was that I have been focusing on the physical sensation of heat without all of the other attributes and hoping that the physical sensation of heat would somehow magically manifest the other qualities making the experience "real". I can see now that it's more a case of utilising the imagination to create the full experience of the element until it gains astral and etheric density.

    Thanks again, Justin. FWIW, I hope you do not abandon your blog completely - you have a rare skill in clarifying magical exercises and experiences.


    1. You got it now!

      I go back and forth, I feel that either within the blog itself or the comments I have pretty much explained everything I can. I have been thinking about doing maybe one other big post on overall magical training and where I see Bardon's work falling into that. We shall see :)